Crawfishes are important in the diet of various reptiles, amphibians, and fishes. Some vertebrates utilize crawfish burrows for escape from drought and possibly for re-invasion of fluctuating ponds at the end of a dry season. Two species of amphibians usually are inquilines in crawfish burrows. Crawfishes reputedly check the spread of the water-hyacinth, a plant of considerable importance in the ecology of certain poikilothermous vertebrates. Pertinent literature references are given.
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